From Title 17 of the United States Code on Copyrights, Section 101, to perform or display a work "publicly" means:
Why is it important to secure Public Performance Rights (PPR)? Showing media, whether borrowed from the library or rented/purchased, to groups outside of the classroom may be illegal, and may place the University at risk legally.
In short, to screen a film outside of your home or outside of a face-to-face class (for which the film is listed on the syllabus and used for instructional purposes) , the person or group responsible must secure Public Performance Rights (PPR).
The Public Performance Rights (PPR) for most major Hollywood releases are handled by Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri , and Criterion Pictures USA in Morton Grove, Illinois. Other companies that handle PPR include Kino Lorber and Modern Sound Pictures.
Should you have questions about securing Public Performance Rights for other films, please consult Stephanie Mathson for assistance. Please note that the CMU Libraries cannot pay for PPR; those fees will be the responsibility of the organization or group screening the film.
The CMU Libraries buys films from several vendors (aka distributors) that bundle Public Performance Rights with the titles being purchased or leased. Those vendors are listed below, but if you have questions, please contact Stephanie Mathson.